"my thousand sleepless serpent eyes"

The chapter about the "Coatlicue state" culminates with the snake imagery that has run throughout this section of the book. In an essay on The Serpent in Literature, W.H. Hudson writes:  "But the first and chief quality of the snake—the sensation it excites in us—is its snakiness, our best word for a feeling compounded of many elements, not readily analysable, which has in it something of fear and something of the sense of mystery." And so we see snakes appear as symbols throughout literature, art, and myth--perhaps most famously in the form of the Medusa. This stunning portrayal by Rubens seems to eerily illuminate some of Anzaldúa's experiences. 

Rubens Medusa
Public DomainRubens Medusa - Credit: TAnthony